An analogue component VTR system using a 1/2” cassette. Very popular in broadcast an professional use.

This format was developed by Sony and is marketed by several other manufacturers. The system has continued to be developed over the years to offer models for the industrial and professional markets as well as full luminance bandwidth (Betacam SP®) PCM audio, and serial digital input and output for broadcasters. Now includes BetacamSX® and Digital Betacam®.


Pank, B., Editor, 1994, The Digital Fact Book, 7th Ed, Quantel, Newbury, UK